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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Badminton Tournament - Denmark Open

Kien Keat and Boon Heong's march towards title reaffirms themselves as world number 1

After Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong's punishing showcase of badminton skills at the highest level, it looks like no one is in the position of denying this great pair their 6th title of the year, a remarkable feat by itself, complimented by the fact that they've only been together for a little over a year.

After destroying reigning world champions Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan in both games, where the score of 21-18 21-10 didn't wasn't a true testimony to the differences in quality, they will take on homeground favorites Eriksen and Luungard Hansen, who upset the more fancied Cai and Fu for the Danish Open title. Koo and Tan are clear favorites for this title, and it will take some pretty spectacular badminton to upstage this dynamic duo.

Kido and Setiawan were nervy and edgy the whole match, while Koo and Tan took control from the first point right till the last, unrelentingly keeping the flow of the points coming in their favor. Indeed, the world champion's 5th straight defeat out of their 5 meetings would not only discourage this pair, but also pose questions as to whether they really deserve to be world champions. They certainly didn't play like one today; looking unsettled, never looking confortable. One might go as far as saying that Kido and Setiawan lose all confidence when meeting this pair, and start to panic.

It seems that no one will be able to stop Koo and Tan's march toward the Danish Open title, and I wish both players all the best.

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